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Fracking Fluid Spill Reported in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania regulators are investigating a fracking fluid spill at a hydraulic fracturing site in the northeast part of the state. The spill occurred at an XTO Energy natural gas well in Penn Township, Lycoming County. “This spill was initially estimated at more than 13,000 gallons by the company and has polluted an unnamed tributary to Sugar Run and a spring,” said

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Northcentral Regional Director Nels Taber. “There are also two private drinking water wells in the vicinity that will be sampled for possible impacts.” The spill was discovered last week when DEP inspectors found an open valve on a 21,000-gallon tank that was storing fluids left over from hydraulic fracking at the site of a producing natural gas well. DEP inspectors have collected samples of nearby soil samples and surface water. Initial field meter readings showed elevated levels of conductivity and salinity in the spring and unnamed tributary, both of which indicate the presence of fracking fluid. In addition to hiring a contractor to cleanup the site, XTO Energy has installed a fence to prevent a neighbor’s cattle from grazing in the impacted area of the pasture. A notice of violation letter will be sent to XTO Energy this week and the company will be required to remediate the site properly, the DEP said.

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